Moscow: Key allies of deposed President Kurmanbek Bakiyev were arrested in Kyrgystan as the new government sought to strengthen its hold on power, a day after the former left for Kazakhstan after reportedly stepping down.
Officials arrested ex-defence minister Baktybek Kalyev, and said they will pick up Bakiyev's brother tomorrow (Saturday).
"Former Defense Minister Baktybek Kalyev, has been detained," English language channel Russia Today reported quoting sources in the interim government.
Meanwhile, residents of Bakiyev's native village in the south have refused to hand over his younger brother Janibek, former chief of the presidential bodyguards, holed up in the ancestral home.
"Bakiyev's brother will be detained during the day tomorrow," ITAR-TASS reported quoting sources.
According to Kyrgyz AKI Press agency Janibek (Zhanysh) Bakiyev has announced plans to stage armed resistance to the new regime, which has already got the blessings of Moscow and Washington.
RIA Novosti reported that in the wake of President Bakiyev's resignation, the new authorities in Bishkek have issued arrest warrants against his younger son Maxim for alleged embezzlement of USD 35 million from the USD 300 million loan provided by Russia.
Maxim Bakiyev, who was at the time of revolt against his father was in Washington, is currently said to be in the Baltic state of Latvia.
Meanwhile the Russian Channel One TV reported that Turkey has denied plans to give asylum to Bakiyev, who was evacuated last night to neighbouring Kazakhstan by a Kazakh Air Force aircraft.
After arriving in Kazakhstan yesterday, Bakiyev formally resigned, "taking into account my responsibility for the future of the Kyrgyz people".
He fled the capital Bishkek after bloody riots against his regime that left 84 people dead.
Bakiyev also thanked Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev for offering him refuge in comments broadcast on a Kazakhstan state television channel, the Interfax news agency reported.
First Published: Saturday, April 17, 2010, 09:50